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Kelsey Barnes is a freelance writer and journalist from Toronto, Canada. Her work explores love, relationships, books, female friendships, pop and social culture, and everything else relevant to her fellow twenty-somethings.

Currently the deputy music editor for 1883 Magazine, she has written for print and digital publications like tmrw magazine, i-D, MTV, Dear Damsels, FWYL, Dear Movies and the All Womxn Project. She is also a columnist for Local Wolves, a digital and print magazine driven by the passion of storytelling for creative minds from diverse fields of work.

If she was stranded on a desert island and could only have three things, she would bring her much loved, dog-eared and underlined copy of Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, the When Harry Met Sally screenplay, and a very large bottle of whiskey. When she’s not writing (or thinking about what she would bring if she was stranded on a desert island) she enjoys drinking hazelnut lattes, reading memoirs, and writing about herself in the third-person. She promises that her work is not as self-indulgent as much as this bio is.


“Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?” So I told her why: Because if I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me. Because if I tell the story, it doesn’t hurt as much. Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it. ” - NORA EPHRON, HEARTBURN

"It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you, and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story you free yourself, and you give other people permission to acknowledge their story as well." - IYANLA VANZANT

“Don’t forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.” - CHARLES de LINT, THE BLUE GIRL

“I think I do overshare, and I sometime marvel that I do it. But it's sort of - in a way, it's my way of trying to understand myself. I don't know. I get it out of my head. It creates community when you talk about private things and you can find other people that have the same things. Otherwise, I don't know - I felt very lonely with some of the issues that I had or history that I had. And when I shared about it, I found that others had it, too.” - CARRIE FISHER

“I, myself, have always found that if I examine something, it’s less scary. We always had this theory that if you kept a snake in your eye line… the snake wasn’t going to bite you. That’s kind of the way… I feel about confronting pain. I want to know where it is.” - JOAN DIDION

“If I’m not vulnerable, I won’t ever write any more songs about vulnerability and then what am I doing? I need to help people. I need to make people believe that it’s alright to be vulnerable and to be a little naïve and to be still sweet and kind and good.” - STEVIE NICKS